Thursday, 27 December 2007


Seen passing Innellan as she returned to Rothesay after being diverted to Gourock this morning because of bad weather, the CalMac ferry ARGYLE is the latest large ferry to have joined the company's fleet. Built at a cost of £9.5 million by the Remontowa Shipyard at Gdansk in Poland, she arrived on the Clyde in April this year, and took her place on the Wemyss Bay-Rothesay service at the beginning of May. ARGYLE is 72 metres long, and has a capacity for around 60 cars and 450 passengers. She has only recently begun to operate as a drive through ferry, with the new linkspan at Rothesay only having been brought into use a few weeks ago. In the background, her elder sister BUTE can be seen loading at Wemyss Bay pier, weather conditions having improved during the time that ARGYLE had been up the Firth.